Christma Eve rescue is fourth in five days for mountain rescue group

Christma Eve rescue is fourth in five days for mountain rescue groupThe China Lake Mountain Rescue Group participated in a Christmas Eve rescue that presented challenging conditions. This call to action was the fourth operation in five days for the group.

According to Elaine Riendeau, CLMRG coordinator, team members were involved in the Dec. 24 rescue of two hikers on Mt. Baldy in San Bernardino County.

The two unrelated accidents occurred above the San Antonio Ski Hut below the Mt. Baldy ridge.

One of the hikers, s a 28-year-old male, sustained a fall resulting in a broken arm and lacerations.

The second hiker, a 57-year-old male, also fell on the steep, snowcovered terrain suffering broken ribs and possible internal injuries.

The two injured men were transported to the Ski Hut overnight and then carried via stretcher down the rough trail by search and rescue members.

Poor weather conditions prevented helicopter extraction.

On Saturday, Dec. 15, the team mobilized to search for two overdue female day hikers near Brecken-ridge Mountain in the Piute Mountains south of Lake Isabella. The two lost day hikers were found, uninjured.

On Wednesday, Dec. 19, the rescue group traveled to Kernville to assist Kern Valley Search and Rescue in the search for two overdue male backpackers on the Bull Run Trail above the Kern River. Again, the backpackers were found two miles up the trail without injury.

Finally, on Dec. 20 CLMRG conducted a search for a reportedly overdue off-road driver who had not returned from an excursion in the Rademacher Hills near Cerro Coso Community College south of Ridgecrest.

Fortunately, he was located three miles east of the college, his vehicle stuck in rough desert terrain.

The China Lake Mountain Rescue Group is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization affiliated with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office and is a member of the Mountain Rescue Association.

United Way and the Combined Federal Campaign also support CLMRG.

Story First Published: 2013-01-02